From the first track that asks the listener, Do you wanna get loud?, Kitten Forever sets an aggressive pop-punk tone that is sustained throughout all of the bands second studio album, Pressure. This riot grrrl act out of Minneapolis fits in nicely between the aggressive Bikini Kill and the pop sensible Sleater-Kinney. They have been recognized as an up and comer in the Minneapolis music scene, and even had their first release named one of the top 10 local releases in 2008.
Enough with the background though, this punk trio of Corrie Harrigan (drums), Laura Larson (bass), and Liz Elton (vocals) all pulse together to create an electric album that lasts less than thirty minutes. Within that time, it is nearly impossible to not join along in singing or bob your head in an unconscious sign of approval. This album is a fun thirty minutes. Although the songs may not be as fleshed out as the casual listener is used to, the songs each carry a distinctive punch, and they end precisely when the melody becomes contagious. What results is a compelling desire to replay this album over and over.
I would say the most infectious song is Double Disco where Elton issues a warning that a double disco is a danger zone, and concludes by stating that she was born to be a dancing machine. If the lyrics don’t convince you, the rhythm itself will force you to agree. I think the most ‘maturity,’ and potentially the future of the band is exhibited in Rat Queen. Still present in this track is the thrashing progression, but there are also some movements that allow the song to breathe.
One thing can be said for sure. These girls know how to make some rockin’ tunes, and I am looking forward to seeing them live.
While they’ve been college radio favorites around the Twin Cities for a decent while now, Kitten Forever finally made their defining statement of purpose with their second album,Pressure. Still a three-piece, but now more flexible in their instrumentation, all of the women in Kitten Forever now take turns on vocals, although their voices mesh extremely well together. Another awesome release from Ecstattic Studios, the LP finally nails the propulsive minimalism of the band’s live show while still sounding presentable for airplay. Fans of local faves like Babes in Toyland and feminist punk definitely need to give this one a listen.
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COOL. LOOK. IT’S OUR NEW VIDEO FOR “DOUBLE DISCO”. We had so much fun shooting and want to say thank you so much to Skateville and Gordon Byrd and to everyone who almost died in the making of this film. Goddess bless your sore bodies.
Cadette - Swell (From 2012’s “Flesh Without Hunting”)
Cadette, a Minneapolis all female trio, lasted only two years, or maybe less, but on their only record, “Flesh Without Hunting,” they managed to perfectly emulate and then expand some upon the groundwork laid but nearly untouched by Babes in Toyland twenty years ago. Creative musicianship drives on every instrument drives this record and solidifies it as a modern classic, in my eyes. The band’s vocalist and guitar player, Laura Larson, continues playing in Kitten Forever.